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The BODY Show

A close-up look at the human anatomy

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The human body is an amazing and complex thing, but most people, for good reasons, have only ever seen a fraction of it - the outside. But inside, it is a completely different story. You are a complex group of systems made up of organs that are, in turn, made up of different tissues that themselves are made up of cells. 

The thinker, in that oh-so-famous pose, shows the muscular system and how muscles are attached to bones by tendons. The figure also shows the human nerves and bones.

Thanks to "The Body Show" that goes live in Bangkok tomorrow, you can see all of these body systems for real. Humans often donate their bodies to science (and I might do so as well) and some of the deceased humans who donated their bodies have been plasticised, a process that preserves the protein and the water in the body parts in the form of a plastic material.

This process allows the human form with all of its organs to be preserved and to remain perfectly intact, including difficult-to-preserve items like the complex blood vessels in the lungs.

Bodily systems

There are many bodily systems that allow you to function properly. Your nervous system comprises your brain and your nerves. Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and your blood vessels. Your skeletal system consists of your bones, and your digestive system is all of your digestive organs, including your stomach, your intestines and your pancreas.

The reproductive systems of men and women are different, and the lymphatic system helps combat disease. The urinary excretory system comprises the kidneys and the bladder, and the muscular system allows a person to move. Yet each of these systems relies on and interacts with all of the other systems to make up an organism: You.

The Body Show

The Body Show opens tomorrow (Dec 15) at President's Park on Sukhumvit Soi 24 and will run until April 1, 2011. Don't miss it! And don't worry, it's not gross or disgusting. It is simply interesting and science at its best.

For more information and group discounts, contact Rick Lim on 085-072-8101 or send an email to ricklim@mactus.com

A human body has been put through the meat slicer, like ham or salami cut in the supermarket! Among other things, it shows how muscles surround the bones in your body.

The arm, like all of your body, is a vast network of blood vessels, transporting glucose, oxygen and other vital nutrients to all of your cells, while removing carbon dioxide, salts and other waste products.

This is the digestive system removed from a donor. It shows the tract from the mouth to the anus, start to finish. It can be up to 9m long, with most of it comprising the small intestine, named small for its diameter, not its length!

The football player is a feature leading to one of the exhibits. It shows a male, whose skin has been removed, lying on his back. His torso has also been removed, revealing the major organs and the layout of the digestive system.

The lungs have an enormous surface area that is rich in blood vessels, allowing oxygen from the air to diffuse into the blood, and allowing toxic carbon dioxide, produced during respiration and diffused into the blood, to diffuse from the blood into your lungs to be breathed out.

The heart, the most important muscle in the human body, is shown with the surrounding coronary blood vessels. It also shows the largest artery in the human body—the aorta, the large red vessel at the top—with its branch arteries leading off it.


- Dave Canavan has an MSc in Behavioural Ecology and is the principal of Garden International School. Dave is fascinated by science and loves animals, especially the dangerous kind! You may contact Dave at davidc@gardenbangkok.com

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